See How Ratings For Episodes Of Your Favorite TV Shows Stack Up In Graph Form

See How Ratings For Episodes Of Your Favorite TV Shows Stack Up In Graph Form

Do you ever find yourself in one of those arguments with friends that revolves solely around which episode of Such And Such TV show is the ultimate best, the most perfect of perfect, the one never to be forgotten? If ratings matter to you in such a hypothetical situation, there’s an easy way to call up how each episode of your favorite show stacks up against all the others in each season.

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What If Yelp Had Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Reviews?

What If Yelp Had Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Reviews?

First of all, let me just say that it’s a darn good thing we don’t live in a world where houses are subject to Yelp reviews for Trick-Or-Treating purposes (yet). But it’s still pretty funny to think about all the possibilities for hilarious, cranky and otherwise informative reviews if that were the reality. [More]

Hey Kids… This Mystery Shopper Report Tells You Which Stores Will Probably Sell You R-Rated Movies & Games

Hey Kids… This Mystery Shopper Report Tells You Which Stores Will Probably Sell You R-Rated Movies & Games


When I was an adolescent, my friends and I had to rely on word-of-mouth about which stores would look the other way when it came to movie ratings and parental advisory warnings on music. But kids today, they have the benefit of the Federal Trade Commission, which periodically looks at how strict various businesses are about sticking to these ratings systems. [More]

Consumer Reports: "Still Reason For Concern" About BBB Ratings

Consumer Reports: "Still Reason For Concern" About BBB Ratings

Citing examples such as the Better Business Bureau’s A- ratings for Publisher’s Clearinghouse and coin-dealer Universal Syndications, Consumer Reports says there’s “still reason for concern about the accuracy” of the BBB’s ratings, despite recent changes made by the agency. [More]

Downloadable Video Games Will Be Rated By Computers Instead Of People

Downloadable Video Games Will Be Rated By Computers Instead Of People

Up until now, the Entertainment Software Rating Board has used a three-person committee to assign video games ratings that determine the age groups for which they’re appropriate. To lighten the load, the ESRB will hand some of their duties over to computer software. [More]

Metacritic Drops Controversial Video Game Developer Ratings

Metacritic Drops Controversial Video Game Developer Ratings

Metacritic, a review aggregator that raised eyebrows by affixing ratings to video game developers based on the average of ratings of their work, scrapped the system because it believes rating developers is unfair. [More]

Govt. Unveiling "Superstar" Energy Star Rating

Govt. Unveiling "Superstar" Energy Star Rating

The government is updating the Energy Star program and launching a new higher tier of certification called “Superstar,” Marketplace reports. The program currently certifies the top 25% most energy-efficient products in a given category, so the new star might be for the top 5%. Energy Star could certainly use an overhaul; last year the Government Accountability Office found it was able to submit and get certified 15 of 20 phony products, including a gasoline-powered alarm clock. [More]

Nielsen Partners With Facebook, Other Websites To Measure Ad Views Online

Nielsen Partners With Facebook, Other Websites To Measure Ad Views Online

If you don’t like the concept of having your online actions tracked for marketing purposes, you can add Nielsen to you list of sworn enemies. The audience measurement company is better known for its TV viewer ratings, but yesterday it announced a new partnership with websites like Facebook where it will access user info (age and gender only, it says) to collect aggregate data on ad views around the web. [More]

Parents Group To Best Buy: Move Mature-Rated Games To Higher Shelves

Parents Group To Best Buy: Move Mature-Rated Games To Higher Shelves

Advocacy group Parents Television Council says it’s a Joe Camel move to place video games intended for adults right alongside the Marios and Sonics of the world, and the group scolded Best Buy for the practice at a shareholder’s meeting last week. [More]

Airlines' Approval Ratings Rise

Airlines' Approval Ratings Rise

You love the airlines now! Or at least, you don’t hate them any worse than you did back in 2007, according to a new survey released by J.D. Power & Associates. [More]

Shoppers Love Costco And Dillard's, Say Target And Walmart Are Subpar

Shoppers Love Costco And Dillard's, Say Target And Walmart Are Subpar

Consumer Reports asked 30,000 readers to weigh in on the best and worst chain stores in the country, and it looks like people really love Costco and Dillard’s. Both stores received above average ratings in things like merchandise quality and value. On the other end of the spectrum, Target’s women’s fashion, jewelery and watches were rated below-average in quality. [More]

Use Doctor Finder To Prescreen Your Doctor

Use Doctor Finder To Prescreen Your Doctor

If you’re like most people, you pick a new doctor by going through an approved list provided by your insurer and selecting someone nearby. Doctor Finder from insiderpages.com hopes to make the process less random by providing reviews for doctors and dentists. You can search by zip code, then narrow down results by your insurer, distance, gender, specialty, language, and experience. [More]

What's The Best Smoothie?

What's The Best Smoothie?

Whatever smoothie I’m drinking at the moment, that’s my answer! Consumer Reports took a nerdier approach, as they often do, and gathered a bunch of people to taste test various store-bought smoothies, then combined those opinions with information from nutritionists. Coming out on top in the dairy category was Lifeway Lowfat Kefir Strawberry, and in the fruit category was Bolthouse Farms Berry Boost Blend. [More]

America's Best Airports: Detroit, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul

America's Best Airports: Detroit, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul

J.D. Power and Associates has released rankings of U.S. airports based on a survey of 12,000 travelers last year, and Detroit’s decision to mesmerize travelers with colored light really paid off. You can check out the list here and sort the airports by overall satisfaction or by factors like the quality of check-in or baggage claim. [More]

Quick, Someone Develop Adblock For Online TV Commercials

Quick, Someone Develop Adblock For Online TV Commercials

The ratings company Nielsen–the company you can blame for bad stunt-casting and stupid plot devices during sweeps week–is going to start rolling in data from online viewings of commercials this fall, which means networks will start using online viewing stats to help sell ads this time next year. What this means: if a network uses the new Nielsen rating system, “shows seen online will have to have the same group of commercials that run on TV,” reports AdAge. [More]

Goodreads: A Better Alternative To Amazon's User Reviews

Goodreads: A Better Alternative To Amazon's User Reviews

Amazon’s user reviews for books are problematic because they serve more than one master. They’re meant to help inform consumers, sure, but they’re also meant to drive sales, and sometimes they’re even used by angry consumers as a form of protest. If you’re looking for more honest feedback on books, try Goodreads. [More]

Yelp Not Selling To Google

Yelp is no longer being bought by Google, at least for now. [TechCrunch] [PREVIOUSLY] [More]

Google Might Buy Yelp

Google Might Buy Yelp

UPDATE: Yelp Walks Away From Google Deal [More]